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Olympic Day at Boys and Girls Club

Patrick Kelly
Kids enjoyed a water ballon toss and other activities at the Boys and Girl's Club of Craig as part of Olympic Day. Olympic Day promotes fitness in addition to the ideals of fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship.
Patrick Kelly

As part of an international effort to promote fitness, perseverance and sportsmanship, the Boys & Girls Club of Craig invited children to come out and participate in Olympic Day on Friday.

“It’s just to promote good sportsmanship and staying healthy,” said Toni Hess, Boys & Girls Club program director.

Anyone between the ages of 5 and 17 could come join in the fun. The club organized activities including Frisbee, a three-legged race and a water balloon toss. At the end of the day, there was a medal ceremony for the winners in each event.

The kids even made their own tissue-paper torches for a proper Olympic opening ceremony.

The United States Olympic Committee started Olympic Day as “a celebration for youth around the world to observe the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. It is also a celebration of the Olympic Day pillars: move, learn and discover.”

For the Boys & Girls Club, Olympic Day ended an entire week of Olympic-themed activities.

Steven Powell, 10, said his favorite part of the day was listening to Moffat County High school’s wresting coach, Tanner Linscum, a former national champion.

“I thought he was really neat, and I’m hoping he will be my wrestling coach when I go into high school,” Powell said.

Linscum spoke to the kids about his experiences as a wrestler, including some of his favorite moves, and gave everyone an autograph.

“The kids did really well listening to him,” Hess said.

Activities began at 8:30 a.m. and ended about 1 p.m. with a water balloon toss. After that, it was time for ice cream and the medal ceremony.

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